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Executive Director Brian Howard has resigned from the OCHC after over a decade of service. His last day was 12/31/19. He left to take a similar position with the North Andover Historical Society in Massachusetts. This opportunity will allow him to continue to pursue his career goals and bring his family full circle to the location of his forefathers’ first settlement in North America.

Board Chairman Andrew Weimer said, “Brian’s 12-year tenure has been full of highlights, growth, and significant building of relationships across Oneida County and beyond.”  “He will be leaving the History Center in a wonderful position for success and further growth moving forward.”

Elizabeth Tantillo has been recruited to serve as interim executive director at the Oneida County History Center.  She brings years of management and non-profit experience that will aid the History Center during its transition to the next permanent executive director.

 The OCHC Board of Trustees has established a search committee to recruit a new executive director that will start in early 2020.

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​Saturday, February 1 from 1:00-3:00 pm- African Americans & the Vote

Kick off Black History Month 2020 with the Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP’s annual program featuring guest speakers, poetry recitals, dance presentations, music, light refreshments, and more.  This local celebration follows the 2020 national theme, African Americans and the Vote, which addresses the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. Free and open to all.

Saturday, February 15 at 1:00 pm- Lincoln’s Last Days: A Dreamer in the Whitehouse 

President Abraham Lincoln’s last days saw the end of America’s most devastating war, and the loss of its most inspiring and visionary leader. Join Educator Gary Ford as he intertwines the historical events and key individuals during the last week of the president’s life, beginning with General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General U.S. Grant on Sunday, April 9th through Lincoln’s assassination on Friday, April 14th and death the following morning.

Saturday, February 29 at 1:00 pm- The Uptown is Back

Utica is experiencing an undeniable period of revival, with great attention being paid to restoring and repurposing its landmark properties. Now is the perfect moment to breathe new life into the Uptown Theatre, a beloved local landmark, which has been vacant and underutilized for years. Briana and Devin Mahoney, founders of Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts (UTCA), will talk about their vision for the Uptown’s revitalization, the progress they’ve made so far, and the creative community already taking shape around this neighborhood anchor. 

Other Upcoming Events:

Sunday, March 1 from 1:00-5:00 pm- Women's History Month Wikipedia-edit-a-thon at MWPAI

Saturday, March 7 at 1:00 pm- Seward Feminism with Jeffrey Ludwig​

Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 pm- The Great Oneida carrying Place with John Carmody

Wednesday, March 25 from 5:00-8:00 pm- 15th Annual OCHC Telethon on WUTR

​Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 pm- In Search of What She Left Behind with Barbara Dunadee